A discovery by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute may lead to the development of an antiviral drug for the zoonotic Nipah virus, "the scariest virus you've never heard of," according to researcher Jessica Bruhn. Scientists identified the structure of a key protein in the virus, which is carried by the flying fruit bat and sickens pigs, dogs, cats, horses and other mammals. While causing mild illness in animals, the virus can be deadly to humans, with lethality ranging from 40% to 100%.

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